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Closer Weekly: Reba McEntire Refusing to Take a Side Amid Stepson's Divorce from Kelly Clarkson

Olowokandi Fiyin
Dec 08, 2020
03:30 A.M.
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Country music legend Reba McEntire reportedly feels torn about Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock’s split and is unwilling to take sides amid their contentious divorce proceedings.

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Country music icon Reba McEntire has decided that she is not going to get involved in the messy divorce battle between Kelly Clarkson and her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock.

McEntire, who has a unique bond with Clarkson, a younger colleague in the industry, and Blackstock, her beloved stepson, feels heartbroken after their divorce announced in June.

Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson at the arrivals for the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson at the arrivals for the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

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According to an insider who spoke to Closer Weekly, the “Fancy” crooner who has gone through two heartbreaking divorces is torn over Clarkson and Blackstock as she loves their two children like her grandkids. The source noted:

“Reba, Kelly’s former mother-in-law, is heartbroken over her divorce. She loves Brandon and Kelly like her own, she refuses to pick sides, but she’s afraid of how contentious it’s getting.”

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Despite the close bond McEntire shares with her stepson, the insider mentioned that she knew not to intervene when they informed her of their split over the summer.

Since she announced her split, Clarkson has been open with fans about the challenges of going through a divorce.

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While she is determined to give both Blackstock and Clarkson her unwavering support, she is worried that the talent manager and his father, Narvel Blackstock, are taking things too far.

She hopes that they can see things from a different perspective and end the unpleasant divorce. Per another source, the 65-year-old wasn’t shocked by the couple’s shocking split as she allegedly saw it “from a mile away.”

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McEntire was married to her husband for about 26 years until their shocking split in 2015. They welcomed a son together, Shelby Blackstock, and McEntire was a doting stepmother to his three kids during their marriage.

Fans may recall that Clarkson filed for divorce from Blackstock in June after almost seven years of marriage. The “Stronger” singer cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split.

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The duo has since begun their divorce proceedings, and some details have been revealed to the tabloids. According to reports, Blackstock is seeking a hefty amount of $436,000 in monthly spousal and child support fees.

The 43-year-old talent manager believes he is entitled to $301,000 for spousal needs and $135,000 for child support fees. He has also requested $2 million in attorney fees.

Brandon Blackstock and recording artist Kelly Clarkson at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Brandon Blackstock and recording artist Kelly Clarkson at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

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His request came shortly after a Los Angeles court judge awarded Clarkson primary physical custody of their two kids, River Rose, 6, and Remington Alexander, 4. Clarkson was pleased with the custody ruling as her kids are her top priority.

Since she announced her split, Clarkson has been open with fans about the challenges of going through a divorce. The singer who described herself as an open book noted that she is just trying to be herself.

Nevertheless, amid sharing details of her split, Clarkson notes that being protective and sensitive towards her children and step-children remains her top priority.

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